Mon. Feb 26th, 2024

Philippines’ Bryan Bagunas. PNVF PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine males’s volleyball staff swept Afghanistan, 25-23, 25-16, 25-12, to earn its first win within the Asian Video games after 49 years on Wednesday at Deqing Sports activities Gymnasium in Hangzhou, China.

Bryan Bagunas and Steve Rotter shaped a potent combo to guide the Filipino Spikers’ historic win and show that they belong within the continental competitors after staying in competition for the Spherical of 12 with a 1-1 file in Pool F.

Bagunas, a member of the silver medal staff within the 2019 Southeast Asian Video games, was a part of one other milestone in Philippine males’s volleyball as he dropped 16 factors on 14-of-20 attacking clip to go along with a block and an ace.

Rotter, the Filipino-American reverse spiker, delivered 13 factors to assist reigning Taiwan’s Prime Volleyball League Most Priceless Participant in lifting the squad from a 22-25, 23-25, 20-25 loss to reigning SEA Video games champion Indonesia lower than 24 hours in the past.

The Filipinos attempt to e-book a spot within the Spherical of 12 once they tackle Japanese, the World No.5 and Volleyball Nations League bronze medalists, on Thursday night. 

Indonesia and Japan will conflict for the 2-0 lead in Pool F on Wednesday night. 

Marck Espejo, who simply joined the staff on Sunday coming from his build-up with Korean membership Incheon Air Jumbos, solely performed within the third set however contributed three factors of their dominant 66-minute win.

The Philippines pulled away from 21-all within the first set behind the go-ahead kill of Rotter and back-to-back hits by Bagunas to achieve set level, 24-21, however Rotter dedicated two consecutive assault errors that allowed the Afghans to trim the result in only one. 

Bagunas drilled one other clutch assault to attract first blood and set the tone for his or her dominant exhibiting within the final two units for the nation’s first win in Asiad males’s volleyball competitors because the classification spherical of the 1974 version in Tehran, Iran.

Lloyd Josafat was additionally instrumental with eight factors. Jau Umandal and Kim Malabunga chipped in seven and 6 markers, respectively, as setter Vince Mangulabnan executed the performs of coach Sergio Veloso.

Afghanistan dropped to 0-2 in Pool F with Gulam Rasool Haidari main the way in which with eight factors. 

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